The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Yet Just Dropped Its First Amazing Images

Camille Francis
January 24, 2017

The first image of Earth released from NOAA's GOES-16 weather satellite was taken by the Harris Corporation-built Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).

Images from GOES-16 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite number 16) were released Monday by the administration. GOES-16 can provide a full image of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental USA every five minutes, and scans the Earth at five times the speed of NOAA's current GOES imagers.

According to the NOAA, GOES-16 provides images in more wavelengths of light, at four times the resolution of either satellite, and beams them back five times as frequently.

Compare this to the Full Disk image from the GOES-13 satellite, which was launched in 2010 and has been serving as the "GOES-East" satellite, returning imagery of the eastern half of North America, the Atlantic Ocean and all of South America, ever since.

GOES-16's Full Disk image from the Advanced Baseline Imager, at 1:07 p.m. EST, Jan 15, 2017.

One of the striking images is a new "Blue Marble" photograph of the Western Hemisphere. It has four times the resolution of past weather satellite imagers, and it can capture a full image of the Earth every 15 minutes. The satellite is also equipped with several different channels used to identify features other than clouds such as smoke, ash and water vapor.

Weather satellites, like GOES-16, are backbone of weather forecast and understanding climate change.

GOES-16 calibration image of Earth and the distant Moon
The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Yet Just Dropped Its First Amazing Images

This image clearly shows the significant storm system that crossed North America that caused freezing and ice that resulted in unsafe conditions across the United States on January 15, 2017 resulting in loss of life.

From its central location, GOES-16 captured this image of the west coast of the United States and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.

But GOES-16 doesn't always just see the Earth.

GOES-16 is expected to go operational in November, approximately one year after its launch.

Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA's heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite.

GOES-16 close-up view of the United States northeast, Jan 15, 2017.

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